Ronan Farrow alleged that disgraced NBC News anchor Matt Lauer experienced a actual physical reaction when Farrow revealed he was doing the job on an investigative report about “sexual harassment in Hollywood” and witnessed Lauer’s use of the infamous button linked to his business office door.
In a copy of his book “Catch and Destroy: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Secure Predators,” acquired by Fox News, Farrow recalled a dialogue the two of them experienced in December 2016 in Lauer’s place of work, in which the then-NBC star was inquiring about the tales Farrow was pursuing, suggesting his reporting could be featured on “Right now.”
“You will find a single on Dow and Shell seeding California farmlands with harmful chemicals,” Farrow stated as Lauer seemingly focused on his laptop or computer monitor. “There is a series on habit, a single on truck safety reforms getting blocked by lobbyists, and 1 about sexual harassment in Hollywood.”
Farrow, who was an NBC News worker at the time, then wrote that Lauer’s eyes “snapped again to me,” but acknowledged he was not specific which tale “caught his notice.”
“It is for a sequence about undercovered stories in Hollywood,” Farrow ongoing. “Pedophilia, racism, harassment …”
“They seem fantastic,” Lauer responded.
The conversation then shifted to Farrow’s aspirations as a journalist and how he’d like to anchor in the foreseeable future, to which Lauer replied, “That’s what you think you want.”
Farrow experienced been scheduled to fill in for Lauer and other anchors throughout the week of Xmas, so Lauer supplied tips. Then their discussion neared its finish.
“You want this shut?” Farrow requested about Lauer’s business office doorway.
“I have bought it,” Lauer answered.
Farrow observed Lauer pushing a button on his desk, which swung the doorway shut.
Previous week, Lauer denied he experienced a button that “could lock the door from the inside of.” He also denied he raped an NBC staff, an allegation included in Farrow’s e book.
“Irrespective of many faulty studies in the past, there was not a button in my place of work that could lock the doorway from the inside of. There was no these types of locking mechanism. It didn’t exist,” Lauer wrote. “It would have been extremely hard to confine anyone in my office environment, for any objective, and I have by no means tried to make anyone come to feel as if they were being confined in my place of work. I have hardly ever assaulted anybody or forced any person to have sex. Period of time.”
Farrow’s book is established to be introduced on Tuesday.
Fox News’ Brian Flood contributed to this tale.